Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sex And The City: Uncovered...


Confession:  I am a "Sex in the City" FANATIC!  I love ALL things "Sex in the City"...hottie husband bought me the ENTIRE "Sex in the City" DVD SERIES BOX SET two years ago.  I own the "Sex in the City" movie. I have "Sex in the City" Christmas ornaments for my tree, I have a "Sex in the City" tee-shirt, "Sex in the City" notebooks, pens, stationary....I even had the ring tone on my cell phone at one time!

Question...

...is it bad for me as a Christian to like such a show?

Answer...

...of course not. 

BUT...

...it is IMPORTANT for me to know that the "Sex in the City" lifestyle is NOT what Christ would approve.  The "Sex in the City" lifestyle is NOT how Christ wants me to live my life...

...and from the age of nineteen through a little over a year ago, "Sex in the City" could very well have been my life story.

Last night on the Mizzou campus in Columbia, Missouri THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY college girls (I'm talking cute, spunky, sorority girls) sauntered into a lecture hall and focused for two hours on the story of speaker/author Marian Jordan as she unfolded the Truth...

...a bit of background...

My new bestie Linda Brinkman (we attend church together), along with her son and a friend of her son's (who happens to be a girl in a sorority) geared up with Greek 12:20 to bring Marian Jordan to the Mizzou campus and reach out to the college women...

What is Greek 12:20?  Well...

Greek 12:20 was started from a small co-ed bible study between the men of Beta Theta Pi and the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma in the Fall 2006 semester. From that small group, Teal Twaddle (Beta Theta Pi) and Kyle Kilroy (Kappa Kappa Gamma AND Linda Brinkman's son's friend...follow that?) realized that there was a present desire for Christian community within the Greek system that wasn’t being currently addressed through any formal organization. Recognizing the need for a spiritual outlet in their own Greek lives, the two decided this concept should be expanded beyond their own chapters. Thus, Greek 12:20 was formed to shed light on the core needs and desires of the Greek system as a whole. The name, Greek 12:20, derives from 1 Corinthians 12:20 (“As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”), which highlights their core value: to unite students from all Greek chapters under a pursuit to develop in the Christian walk.

...cool, huh?

Okay back to the story...

....SO, Linda invited me to the event and asked if I would help out beforehand, setting up tables and tying up loose ends....

When we arrived on campus last night Linda started unpacking all these incredible crafts she had hand created for each girl in attendance to take home...things like bookmarks with Bible versus, little bags of candy....there was Central Dairy ice cream served, door prizes galore...it was INCREDIBLE!

Admittedly, as we were setting up and I realized how much work Linda had put into this event I felt terrible, silently thinking it would be amazing if even twenty girls showed up...I'm going to be brutally honest here...my thought process was this...

"Honestly, how many college 'sorority' girls are going to come and listen to a 'Christian' speaker?"

How many would you guess?  Would you have had the same thought process?  Honestly...

Here we are, contributing our energy and our time setting ourselves up for failure...

*sound of record screeching"

....Until I looked up, minutes before the event was to start, and the lobby is SEETHING with young college girls!!

I. could. NOT. believe. my. eyes!

THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY girls charged the lecture hall and soaked in God's Truth...

About the speaker...Marian Jordan..."Fun, loud, colorful, cyclical, lonely and trashed...Her transparent account of the lure of fashion, sex, booze, and approval chronicle the dilemma of every girl in today's society.

Marian's powerful testimony of coming to brokenness and emptiness and her dynamic account of the gentle mercy and forceful grace of Christ who called her into his arms permeate all of her writings and speaking engagements. Whole in Christ and ready to tell any ear that will listen, Marian has a passion for young women who flock to the parade of emptiness."
 
As I sat and listened to Marian's story, I thought she could be talking about me....her sharp observation of the party years was all too familiar...
 
....and as I looked around at the young girls I sat with, I could see Marian's story resonated with them as well...
 
Marian incorporates clips from the television show "Sex and the City" and uses the questions and longings of the characters to teach Biblical principles. Her teachings are relevant and powerful for both Christians and non-Christians...
 
....but this is where the miracle begins....
 
After two hours of hearing Marian's testimony, NINETY-FIVE, beautiful young women stepped forward and turned their lives over to Christ!!
 
Three hundred and fifty girls heard the story of redemption for the first time while others were finding hope in the midst of pain for the first time....
 
...and NINETY-FIVE women crossed that bridge and opened their hearts to the Hope and Peace that is found in Christ!
 
And that my friends, is the beauty of sharing Christ...
 
"For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6
 
 






4 comments:

  1. That is amazing!!! I would have loved to have seen it in person!!!

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  2. How much fun, that looked amazing!!!
    On a side note ... I never have anyone to go and see Sex & the City with ... I know you go to review movies every once in a while, if you ever need a friend, let me know, I'd love to go!

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  3. I have so loved hearing all the stories about this. It was all Spirit FM talked about yesterday morn.

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